Genesis 21:15–21 (ESV)
God Protects Hagar and Ishmael (Part 2)
15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the
distance of a bowshot, for she said, “Let me not look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called
to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. 18 Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great
nation.” 19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He
lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow. 21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
When Sarah becomes alarmed at Ishmael’s behavior toward Isaac, Abraham determines to dismiss Ishmael and Hagar from his household. Despite clear promises
from God, we also become overly concerned about matters in our lives that irritate us or cause us to doubt His promises. But as with Abraham and Sarah, God takes our human weakness into consideration. God has promised to forgive us and adopt us as His children
for the sake of Christ’s sacrifice. Through faith in Him, we are the children of promise, the children of God.
pray: Heavenly Father, thank You for adopting me in Your only-begotten Son, Jesus. Teach me patience and compassion toward others. Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran
Study Bible (p. 47). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.